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Covid-19: GPs call for appraisals and CQC inspections to be suspended

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m1038 (Published 12 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1038

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  1. Abi Rimmer
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GP leaders have called for assurances that they will not face contractional sanctions if a covid-19 pandemic forces them to suspend normal practice.

Delegates attending a special conference of local medical committees, held in London on 11 March, unanimously voted in favour of a motion that called on the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee in England to negotiate changes to protect practices in the event of a covid-19 pandemic.

The motion called for funding from the quality and outcomes framework (QOF) and directed enhanced services to be used to fund essential services and for any additional costs accrued by practices related to covid-19 infections to be reimbursed. It said that practices should be able to “prioritise frontline work and suspend other requirements including …

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